last week, the world affairs council of atlanta's young leaders hosted a streetcar social to explore the new downtown atlanta streetcar. the goal of the world affairs council of atlanta is to bring global issues and discussion to atlanta as well as promote the globalization of our city. the streetcar represents exciting new investment downtown and we were excited to check it out and a take our first ride!
we started the evening at the sweet auburn curb market, which I have always wanted to visit. we mingled and snacked on local foods while listening to a speaker discuss what the streetcar really means for atlanta.
and then it was time to board the streetcar! each streetcar holds about 200 people comfortably. for some reason, I was expecting an open-air streetcar, like in san francisco or dallas. the atlanta streetcar is fully enclosed with air conditioning, definitely the nicest streetcar I've ridden on.
we hopped on the streetcar right across from sweet auburn market and headed under 75 toward edgewood avenue. we passed the martin luther king historic district and woodruff park near georgia state university, the streetcar passes by a building I spent a lot of time at during grad school... definitely could have been convenient a few years ago for me.
we all got off at the next stop to ride skyview atlanta, the city's downtown ferris wheel. unfortunately, due to lightening, we couldn't ride the ferris wheel. good thing I'd already ridden skyview once otherwise I would have been really disappointed in the weather. if you haven't ridden yet, skyview is definitely worth a date night... just don't try to go if there's lightening.
the streetcar tour ended at sweet auburn seafood for dinner. we had a great turn out for the event, including members from the nelson mandela fellows program. the world affairs council young leaders' streetcar social was another great opportunity to meet friendly faces across atlanta and discuss the globalization of the city. hop on the atlanta streetcar today and check out the WAC website if you're atlanta based and want to learn more!